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Nasty taste in wisdom tooth socket after extraction. What can I do?

Nasty taste in wisdom tooth socket after extraction. What can I do?

Wisdom tooth ext: This is not unusual after an extraction, especially if there was an infection. The bad taste is due to the bleeding and drainage of any residual infection. Make sure you follow the post-op instructions given to you by your surgeon, and keep the area clean. If the bad taste continues after 2-3 days, call your surgeon to have the area examined. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Wisdom Tooth Extraction (Definition)

This simply means removal of the wisdom teeth which are the third (and sometimes fourth molars). Molars are the bigger teeth toward the back of your mouth, and we count them ...Read more


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I need some help please! why is my wisdom tooth socket still oozing?

I need some help please! why is my wisdom tooth socket still oozing?

It depends: On a few thin\gs to get a useful answer... 1. How long ago was the extraction? 2. Was it surgical or simple? 3. What exactly is oozing from the socket? 4. Is there a smell or taste to the exudate? If you can fill in some details, we may be able to offer more help. ...Read more

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Am i supposed to pull my stitches out of wisdom tooth socket if they poke out?

Am i supposed to pull my stitches out of wisdom tooth socket if they poke out?

Not ususally: If they are resorbable sutures they should come out on their own. If they are a problem, you could carefully remove it with a tweezer, but consult your dentist. ...Read more

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I have some white stuff in wisdom tooth socket, what is this?

I have some white stuff in wisdom tooth socket, what is this?

Blood clot or food: After about a week, the red blood cells start to wash out of the clot and it can look yellowish or white.This is normal. Alternatively, it may be food getting in the socket. If you can't rinse it out or you are concerned, see the dentist/surgeon who took the tooth out to check it out. ...Read more

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How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

How to prevent wisdom tooth socket abscess?

Oral surgeon: Make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral surgeon. Few complication. He/she will give you a complete list of postop instructions. ...Read more

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How do I get rid of food caught in wisdom tooth socket?

How do I get rid of food caught in wisdom tooth socket?

Irrigate socket: Gently with a plastic curved tip syringe (monojet) available from most oral surgeons. Water pik at very gentle setting will work too. ...Read more

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There is good stuck in my wisdom tooth socket, I think my stitch may have came out to soon and I do not has a syringe to get the food out?

There is good stuck in my wisdom tooth socket, I think my stitch may have came out to soon and I do not has a syringe to get the food out?

Wisdom tooth socket: How many days since the extraction? Stitch is mostly important for the first day or so and you can still just rinse out thoroughly without a syringe. Call the dentist, explain the issues and ask whether or not you need to be seen. ...Read more

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How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

How long after wisdom tooth extraction does dry socket develop?

48-72 hrs: A dry socket will present as intense/increasing pain typically 48 hours after a tooth extraction. It is caused by exposed bone in an area that has lost it's blood clot. Treatment is to have a medicated dressing placed into the affected area. Antibiotics will not help a dry socket. ...Read more

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